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killed on the job. police are searching for the gunman. >> a presidential address to the nation, but the white house will say about the air strikes in libya. >> first, another chance of spring snow. all the answers are coming up. good morning washington at 5:00 a.m. begins now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. i am scott thuman. >> i am alison starling. great to have you join us on a monday morning. traffic and weather every ten minutes. lisa baden is standing by with traffic. we start with steve rudin. the snowfall yesterday did not amount to much but we set a record at dulles. >> we shattered the old record at dulles international airport with a sense of an inch of snow. the old record was in 1983, just a trace. to read about it.
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mainly clear skies to the north cloud approaching from the south and west. maybe a shower south of fredericksburg this morning, but nothing that will amount to a lot. temperatures well below average for this time of year, mid to upper low 40's up to about 50 degrees. the potential for more winter weather is on the way. details are coming up in a few minutes. first, lisa baden. looks good in the district, no problems around the beltway. quiet headed north into baltimore, south into richmond and to the airport is clear. no problems on 270. fairfax police, prince william stafford, no troubles. things are decent. newschopper 7 in a little while. we will be looking at springfield in '95 that looks great. now to news. breaking news from capitol
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heights. a man was shot to death at a gas station. this happened around 4:00 a.m. at a shell gas station on central avenue at ritchie road. the man was found dead -- pronounced dead at the hospital. they believe it was a drive-by shooting. no suspects or motives. our top story a pizza delivery man shot and killed on the job. police in prince george's county are looking for the gunman who attacked the domino's pizza driver. >> it happened before 9:00 last night in the 6800 block of seat pleasant drive. john gonzales joins us from police headquarters with the latest on the investigation. >> good morning. the residents surged multiple gunshots. he was a delivery man for domino's pizza. he was a residenta resident of seat pleasant drive found him on the ground.
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police believe the man was shot at least one time. even though it is early, there's no official motive, it appears prince george's county police are leaning toward robbery. the gunman is still on the loose. as happens late last night at around 8:30. the third murder in the past four days in prince george's county. we had a spike in homicides early this year and that did seem to die down a little, but now this is at least the 23rd homicide in prince george's county. this man was simply delivering pizzas in the area when he was gunned down. john gonzales, abc 7 news. as nato takes control of operations in libya, president obama is preparing to make the case for u.s. involvement,. this comes as libyan rebels resume their offensive. they advanced 350 miles this weekend and retook two key oil
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towns. military missions are mostly completed according to u.s. officials. >> we prevented the large-scale slaughter that was beginning to take place and has taken place in some places. >> on one hand they say it's humanitarian and on the other they say gaddafi must go. >> defense secretary gates and secretary of state clinton will be brief congress on the u.s. mission in libya and the cost. the president will speak tonight at 7:00 -- 7:30 on abc 7 news. monday. the crisis at the crippled nuclear power plant may be getting worse. japanese officials say highly radioactive iodine is seeping from the facility. contaminated sea water is being found farther from the plant. they are pumping hundreds of tons of radioactive water. now the plant operators are apologizing for overstating radio -- radiation levels
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inside the reactors. 32 years ago today the u.s. suffered its worst nuclear crisis, three mile island nuclear plant in pennsylvania. >> now this has renewed fears of whether a nuclear crisis could happen again in the u.s. now a closer look at what that means for the future of nuclear energy in america. >> the partial meltdown at three mile island had a crippling effect on the u.s. nuclear power program. no new plans have been ordered in the u.s. since then. last year president obama announced that would change. his administration was putting $8 billion into federal loan guarantees toward america for new power plant in 30 years. in the wake of the japan disaster, president obama and nuclear experts have expressed confidence that u.s. power plants are safe, but that may not be enough to ease public concerns. there's a sharp decline in the percentage of americans that
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support building a nuclear plant. that theory has not spread to capitol hill. some lawmakers have raised concern, but nuclear energy still has bipartisan support. >> i am not persuaded that nuclear power should be deleted from the list of options that we look at. >> i would not sign an executive order to freeze construction of nuclear plants. >> last year president obama said the u.s. cannot afford to fall behind. if america fails to invest in alternative energy, it will mean lost jobs and higher cost for american consumers. abc news washington. a man who allegedly planned to abduct a teenager he met through an on-line vampire game will be arraigned today in stafford county, virginia. 28-year-old christopher rodriguez traveled to stafford so that he could get the 14- year-old and taper home to miami. -- take her home to miami.
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he was planning to drug her mother but it backfired. the d.c. council committee will look into allegations that the mayor has engaged in cronyism and nepotism. he was paying several senior staff members more than the maximum. and he hired the children of some of his aides. 32 degrees outside. >> still to come, the final four that no one saw coming. a cinderella story to keep it interesting. >> gas prices take a toll on the taxicab industry. that means more money out of your pocket. >> his id winter's last stand? a [music playing]
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cold start to this monday morning. temperatures are holding in the 20's to low 30's with a wind chill factor. see what's going on in terms of temperatures. we have 19 degrees. that is in frostburg. 28 in germantown. 31 at wtop radio but it feels
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like 25. 27 in clifton, virginia. partly to mostly sunny skies 15 degrees below average for this time of year mid to upper 40's up to about 50 degrees. wind out of the northwest at 10- 15. we will talk about the potential for winter weather across the mid-atlantic could come as early tomorrow night into wednesday morning. no need to worry about the weather today. now, lisa baden. no accidents to report right now. metro rail is on all service systemwide. in pretty good shape as far as interstate travel. across the potomac river northbound 395 and the 14th street bridge, pretty decent. 270 from frederick into rockville, that camera is not cooperating. back to you. >> thank you.
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5:11 32 degrees outside. >> coming up, facebook's health effects, doctors want to start tracking kids time as they start social networking. >> cab rides in the district are about to get more expensive. i will let you know how much more expensive and for how long. >> what caused the sailboats t host: could switching to geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance? host: do ds s chase cats? ♪ 70's era music ♪ sfx: tires squealing ♪ 70's era music ♪ sfx: tires squealing vo: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.
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welcome back. checking our top stories president obama will speak to the nation tonight about the u.s. involvement in libya. he is expected to say that the u.s. acted quickly to avoid a catastrophe. the speed comes as live in double to -- the speech comes as libyan rebels regained in the offensive. they retook two oil towns.
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two murders in a matter of hours in prince george's county. a domino's pizza delivery man was shot and killed the at 8:30 last night in seat pleasant. and a man was shot at capitol heights gas station a short time ago. in san diego a sail boat sank and eight people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. they're trying to figure out what caused the 35-foot boat to flip over. gas prices are almost $1 higher than this time last year. the average in the district is $3.75 a gallon. this spike is taking a toll on people who drive for living like a taxi fleet. now they're passing it on to passengers. we have more from northeast. >> if you print a little every time you fill up the tank, imagine doing so five days a
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week -- if you cringe a little. the passengers will have to pay up. cab drivers are being hit hard by the rising gas prices. some say they are losing $35 a day. d.c. mayor vincent gray is reinstating the the $1 gas surcharged hoping to keep the cabdrivers in business. he made the announcement this weekend. he plans to keep the extra fees in place through july 25. it is only for a cab rides the stay within the district. it will not apply to anyone crossing the virginia or maryland borders. the cab drivers is a a $1 will make a big difference. extra fees are in place are ready for additional passengers and added baggage. some tourists say it is getting to be a bit much, but they are willing to pay the price. the mayor signed the invect
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executive order is scheduled to be in place through the end of july. the district and repeal it any time it wants, but it's not likely, given the rising cost of gas. other news around the region, you may soon have to pay more to use toll roads and bridges in maryland. the transportation authority plans to raise tolls next year and in 2014 and 2016. they could jump by 27% during the first round. officials say they need the money to maintain the roads and a rising debt costs. the annual white house easter egg roll is monday, april 25. today we learned once the eggs will look like this year. they will have a new design. they will feature the signatures of the president and first late. text speak aaronson place in the english-language and doctors
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start monitoring social networks. rob nelson as those stories and more. >> there is growing concern about the effects of social networking on kids. the american academy of pediatrics is asking doctors to speak with their young patients about how much time they spend on facebook and other website. they worry too much time can lead to teenage depression and cause kids to neglect sleep homework, and physical activity. the amazon and looked may go to full color and get a major upgrade, meaning new applications and e-mail features. if you think texting is a passing fad, think again. the oxford english dictionary has added a lot of new terms. lol means laughing out loud and omg means oh my god.
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>> they also added "muffin ta"ops" to the dictionary. >> tmi too much information. more winter weather. >> it will beat tomorrow night into early wednesday. it appears to be at the west of d.c. but that could change quickly. -- it will be tomorrow night into early wednesday. sunrise around 7:00 this morning. hardly any clouds. at the freezing mark at reagan national airport. there is a wind chill factor to deal with during the early morning, 25. that's what it feels like at this hour. 35 degrees33 at annapolis with wouldn't
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at 5 miles an hour. clause beginning to increase. there could be a sprinkle south of fredericksburg during the morning. but the system will probably move out -- rapidly move out. it's going to be a cold night ahead. for the day tomorrow the clouds will increase. by wednesday at 8:00, showing some snow developing of to the west. this looks like it's going to continue to track across our area. the question is how much warmer air will mix into the system and how soon that will happen there that will depend on whether we see snow sleet rain, or a mixed across the metro. system #one is moving out and the next system tomorrow night
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into wednesday's approaching from the west quickly. partly to mostly sunny today 46-51 degrees for the daytime high. tonight the temperatures fall to the mid to upper 20's to low 30's. 48-63 tomorrow. traffic moving nicely. route 4, route 5, and through southeast washington. 95 and 295 are good. overnight construction on the beltway near fedex field has been taken care of. moving at a good pace. 70 between baltimore and hagerstown are good. looks good from frederick into montgomery county. 66 has a little volume and 95 as well coming toward the beltway, looks status quo. moving well in gaithersburg and germantown. back to you. >> thank you. 32 degrees. 5:21.
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>> celebrate the times. that is what they are singing after stunning kansas. virginia commonwealth is headed to the final four. bcu faithful are celebrating. >> today on "oprah," "the color purple" reunion at 4:00 on abc 7.
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downtown richmond is known as they fan. bcu fans poured into the streets yesterday to celebrate. >> they were going wild. it was really funny. that was following virginia commonwealth upsetting no. 1 kansas. >> now that they are there they have proven to everyone but they belong. yesterday they jumped on kansas from the beginning and survived a second-half surge to win. 71-61 was the final score. >> i just got a picture sent to me. you cannot walk anywhere on the
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street right now. it is exciting. >> a large crowd did turn out at 1:00 a.m. this morning to welcome the rams back to richmond. they will now prepare for matchup with butler. kentucky defeated north carolina on sunday to grab a final four spot. they will face uconn next. >> don't you think the skaters should have won instead of butler? they were robbed. -- the gators should have won. 28 points and mcgee was outstanding, but the wizard's still loss to golden state yesterday, dropping to 1 and 35 away from the verizon center. not good.
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painful. 32 degrees. the news continues at 5:30. >> still ahead in the next half- hour now we know when the final curtain will fall on oprah's 25 years of daytime tv. >> president obama said to explain the u.s. mission in libya. what he is expected to say coming up. >> steve rudin in the belfort furniture weather center. a cold start to work week and school week, but are you ready for the potential of more wintry blue diamond almonds! more bold flavor! more variety! more value! more of what you want... not what you don't. blue diamond almonds. (play-by-play announcer) it's up and it is... good! more than a snack.
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live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> straight ahead, a robbery
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gone wrong or cold-blooded murder? a pizza delivery man gunned down on the job. police are hunting for his killer. good morning, washington. it is monday morning march 28. thanks for joining us, i am alison starling. >> i am scott thuman. much more on that story in a bit. we begin with traffic and weather. a cold forecast. >> a cold start to our monday. temperatures holding in the 20's to low 30's. it will warm up a little. daytime highs around 15 degrees below average for this time of year. partly to mostly sunny later this afternoon 46-51. mainly clear tonight. another cold night 25-32 for the overnight low temperatures. sunshine tomorrow, then increasing clouds in the afternoon, part of a system that may bring us wintry weather as soon as tomorrow night into
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early wednesday morning. high temperatures tomorrow, and 40's to low 50's. we will have the game day forecast for thursday, which is the and time for the nationals. and it's going to get warmer for the weekend. volume will be heating up. that's what is starting to happen on my way. metro will reporting normal service systemwide. no disruption on marc rail or vre. let's go to the guy go traffic center camera. pace of traffic still good at duke street to the pentagon on 395. now to the beltway in bethesda, moving well between the american unbeaten bridge and the mormon temple. now to a news. breaking news from capitol heights. police are investigating a deadly shooting at a gas station. it happened around 3:30 this morning at a sell gas station on central avenue and treaty road -- and ritchie rd.
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the man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. no motives in the shooting. a pizza delivery driver is dead and police say that he was killed on the job. authorities are looking for suspects and motives. >> this happened around 8:30 last night along the 6800 block of seat pleasant drive. now the latest on the investigation. good morning, john. >> good morning. it has been a violent last couple days in prince george's county. police are investigating two separate homicides this morning. there have been at least 24 homicides so far this year in the county. last night at 8:30 a delivery man for domino's pizza was on the job when he was gunned down on seat pleasant drive. a resident found the man has not been identified who shot at
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least once. a motive is not known. police are checking to see if the delivery man was perhaps rob-- robbed. they are looking to see if it has any connection to the latest homicide, a fatal drive- by shooting early this morning at a gas station in capitol heights. the areas are not far apart similar homicides as well. police are looking to see if there's any connection in the two murders. two homicides with no arrests this morning. john gonzales, abc 7 news. it is a race against time to stabilize the cripple japanese. nuclear power japanese pumping out hundreds of tons of radioactive water. highly radioactive iodine is seeping from the facility and more seawater is contaminated by radiation. plant operators are apologizing
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for overstating radiation levels inside the reactors. the crisis in japan as maryland and virginia keeping a close eye on radiation levels. health officials in both states tell the washington post today had not detected anything out of the ordinary. they are monitoring the air water, and food supplies. there are reports of elevated levels of radioactive levels in rain water tested recently in pennsylvania. tonight president obama will make his case about the u.s. role in libya. >> nato is ready to take the helm. libyan rebels are on the offensive. emily schmidt is lives in northwest with the latest. good morning. >> good morning. this is day 10 of the no-fly zone enforcement in libya. nato is taking over all military operations. but the u.s. is still involved. tonight president obama will speak to explain why. he will make his address to the
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nation and is expected to say the u.s. acted quickly to avoid catastrophe. libyan rebels say they advanced more than 350 miles along the libyan coast on the weekend. defense secretary gates says the no-fly zone prevented large- scale slaughter in libya. secretary gates told abc news that libya was not a vote -- not a vital national interest. that will leave some critics questioning the u.s. role. many in congress have called for an explanation of u.s. policy in libya and its cost. this week they will get a classified briefing on that from secretary clinton and defense secretary gates. emily schmidt, abc 7 news. back to you. >> thank you. now looking at the day ahead, a plea deal is expected today for northern virginia community college student accused of trying to kill his teacher. jason hamilton was arrested in 2009 after he allegedly opened fire in a classroom on the woodbrige campus.
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he fired two shots at his professor because he was upset about a failing grade. no one was injured. d.c. mayor vincent gray will deliver his state of the district address tonight. he will lay out his vision for d.c. and review his budget proposal. his first three months in office have been a little rough. a recent poll shows him with only a 31% approval rating. he will speak at eastern high school in northeast d.c. beginning tonight at 6:45. 5:36 on a monday morning. it is cold, 32 degrees. >> still ahead oprah's final vowel after 25 years. -- final bow. >> higher gas prices in the district have cabdriver's passing the buck on to passengers. >> i'm a curious seeker. i am a
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chemistry aficionado. diphenhydramine. magnesium hydroxide. atheletes foot. yes. i'm a people pleaser. if elected, i promise flu shots for all.
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i am a walking medical dictionary. congratulations virginia. inflamed uvula. i'm virginia. i'm a target pharmacist and i'm here to answer your questions. >> i am christina from langston hughes middle school. we can say good morning in over 50 languages. >> [speaking in many languages] >> good morning, washington. steve rudin. we are looking at a cold start
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to this monday morning. hard to believe we are near the end of march. only looking for a daytime high temperature in the mid to upper 40's to about 50. it feels more like winter outside. looking at wind chill factors 18 degrees in oakland maryland, with a wind chill of 18. 13th street between kennedy and longfellow st. there is an active house fire. that's a popular commuter route. there may be a disruption and a detour now with the fire department on the scene of the house fire. no disruption elsewhere in the district. looks good on the freeway and looks good across the potomac river. looks good on the anacostia river and at new york ave. pretty good spin on the beltway. let's show you the approach,
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father hurley boulevard moving nicely. back to you. >> thank you. you have a lot of energy, doing sound effects. good job. 5:40 is the time, 31 degrees. >> we will tell you who will take the cake for the new couple in london. >> passengers in the district will have to pay up if they want to take a cab. that story's coming up. >> a california man found a nasty surprise in his sunday paper. we will have detai
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checking our top stories on this monday morning. president obama is preparing to address the nation on the u.s. involvement in libya. he is expected to say the u.s. acted quickly to avoid a
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humanitarian disaster. this comes as libyan rebels once again go on the offensive. they retook two key oil towns this past weekend. two people are dead after a violent night in prince george's county. a pizza delivery man was shot and killed around 8:30 last night in seat pleasant and a man died after being shot at a capitol heights gas station around 3:30 dismount. a california man was hospitalized after a pipe bomb hidden inside a newspaper exploded. police evacuated nearby homes while they looked for more explosives, none were found. investigators are looking for the person who planted the pipe bomb. a cab ride inside the district beginning today will cost a little more. rising gas prices taking a toll on drivers and now the city is passing that on to passengers. we are live in northeast with the saledetails.
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>> imagine having to fill up the tanks five times a week. that is what some cabdrivers at union station have to go through. they are really hurting. now passengers will have to pay. >> if you take a cab you obviously have a little extra money. >> to combat rising gas prices, mayor vincent gray authorized a $1 gas a surcharge for all cab rides within the district. the announcement made on the weekend as tourists crying enough. >> if you put that on top of the $4.80 or the $50 that they charge you and is another dollar, so the $11 cab driver becomes $14 dissents. if you are a tourist, it gets expensive. >> drivers say the extra $1 makes a big difference. >> you try to make the money and
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then you are out of gas. it's rough. >> those still wanted to see the city say they're willing to sacrifice. >> we knew that we would be a distance from the subway so we have chosen not to buy lunch there and pay for the cabs. >> this new peace starts today. it's a $1 surcharge and is scheduled to begi in place through the end of july. this is just for cab rides that stay in the district. it will not be for anyone crossing the virginia or maryland borders. abc 7 news. metro is 35 years old. its official birthday with yesterday. metro is facing some of the biggest challenges ever, including infrastructure problems and rising crime. metro is undergoing a six-year $5 billion rebuilding program and is considering closing early on weekends to save money and
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allow more time for maintenance work. >> there has probably been mismanagement and neglect of the system's fourth along and it will take some dollars to put it back together. -- neglect in the system for too long. >> the economy is very stressed at this time. >> video shows teenagers getting into brawls. metro plans to install 153 new security cameras and increase the police force. you may want to check the directions you get from google maps. direction from germantown to baltimore, the search engine advises you to get on the intercounty connector eric cantor get off at the 95 exit. but that exit is not open yet. a spokesperson says the company is working to fix the problem. we always have lisa baden to fall back on. we know she's not going to make that kind of mistake. let's get to traffic and
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weather. >> steve rudin is here. people want this to be spring, but mother nature does not. >> it looks like spring with cherry blossoms. the colder temperatures are ok, but wait until tomorrow night into wednesday. . not . -- it's not very pleasant. skies will remain clear for the district, but clouds will increase a little to the south and west of us as an area of low pressure will zip across the region during. the during -- during the morning. it's 30 in alexandria. 31 at children's hospital in the district. in suitland, 31. wind will pick up later this afternoon. bundle up. a disturbance will slip to the south of us and quickly move
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toward the east during the morning. skies will clear and there's a cold night ahead. plenty of cold air tomorrow and then an approaching storm system. lookouts quickly moves out of here. 8:00 tonight, and the clear skies. clouds will begin to increase during the daytime tomorrow. look what's going on to the west of us. we could be looking at a wintry mix as soon as 8:00 in the morning on wednesday especially garrett county, allegheny, and washington counties. 46-51 degrees today, which is well below average for this time of year. tonight, mid to upper 20's to low 30's. morning sunshine tomorrow with increasing clouds, and 40's to low 50's. >> soapstone at sun valley drive, and pedestrians struck by a vehicle. a helicopter will be landing
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nearby in a matter of moments for that. fairfax police and fire have a portion of the road closed. soapstone road and sunrise valley drive. 13th street between longfellow and kennedy there's fire activity. 13th street is a popular commuter route, may not be an option. interstate travel is an option. plenty of traffic now out of frederick into montgomery county. traffic in springfield virginia, on your way to and from the pentagon is good. back to you. >> thank you. former press secretary robert gibbs is being enticed by facebook. location location, location, that phrase may be true when it comes to defense companies winning bids of millions of dollars. >> linda bell has more. >> when it comes to winning big federal money for information technology projects, the
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location is everything. just across the potomac river from washington, companies collected $10 billion in government technology projects this past year. that is the most of any of the nation's 435 congressional districts. facebook has set up shop in the d.c. area to beef up its lobbying power. the website is in the early stages of talks with president obama's former white house press secretary robert gibbs. he could play a senior role in helping manage the company's communications. washington's old post office near the white house that area, the general services administration is looking for a developer to restore and operate the property. the iconic building since one- third empty and once housed the u.s. postal headquarters. that is business news, live at
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bloomberg headquarters in new york. linda bell reporting for abc 7 news. back to you. >> thank you. 5:52, 32 degrees. blue diamond almonds! more bold flavor! more variety! more value! more of what you want... not what you don't. blue diamond almonds. (play-by-play announcer) it's up and it is... good! more than a snack.
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after 25 years, the oprah winfrey show is coming to an end after this season. now we know when the last episode will air. it will be broadcast on wednesday, may 25.
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her program has been the top- rated talk-show more than two decades. she will devote much of her time to her own network. that network aired earlier this year. the oprah show is at 4:00 monday through friday on the station. >> we remember johnny carson's glass show. >> i'm sure this will be a good one. >> i will be watching. everyone is looking forward to the royal wedding. we have information. there will be two cakes for the reception. fiona is creating the main cake. it will be a multi-tier fruit cake decorated with cream and white icing. there will also be a chocolate biscuits cake made of dark chocolate with biscuits and secret ingredients.
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kate middleton and the prince will marry on april 29. >> that is apparently the traditional wedding cake in moneyengland, fruitcake -- in england. there's a lot more to come in the next hour. >> coming up, the world's largest retailer will soon find out if it will have to pay in a massive job discrimination lawsuits. >> a pizza delivery man is gunned down in prince george's county. was it robbery?
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coming up a violent night in prince george's county as a diplomat are murdered in a matter of hours. >> president obama appears to speak to the nation about why the u.s. is involved in libya. >> first could we have another round of spring snow? steve rudin has the forecast. "good morning washington" begins right now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. it is 6:00 on this monday, march 28. i am scott thuman. >> i am alison starling. great to have you joining us on this monday.


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